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Pritzker signs immigration bills

Friday, Jun 21, 2019 - Posted by Rich Miller

* Press release…

Making good on his promise to make Illinois a welcoming state for all, Governor JB Pritzker signed three pieces of legislation Friday to protect Illinois’ immigrant community amid growing attacks from the federal government.

“Illinois is and always will be a welcoming state,” said Gov. JB Pritzker. “Let me be perfectly clear: the state of Illinois stands as a firewall against Donald Trump’s attacks on our immigrant communities. In the face of attempts to stoke fear, exploit division, and force families into the shadows, we are taking action. We will not allow private entities to profit off of the intolerance of this president. We will not allow local police departments act as an extension of ICE. And we will ensure that every student in this state who wants to go to college should be able to do so without saddling themselves with debt for the rest of their lives.”

Among the bills he signed was HB2040, the Private Detention Facility Moratorium Act

HB 2040 bans immigrant detention centers in the state of Illinois, halting the proposed federally-run center in Dwight, Ill. Specifically, the bill prohibits state, county and local governments from entering any agreement or making any financial transactions with a private detention facility, with an exception for contracts with providers of ancillary services such as medical or food services.

This makes Illinois the first state in the nation to ban private civil detention centers, after the state already banned private criminal detention centers. HB 2040 takes effect immediately.

And HB2691…

HB 2691 allows undocumented and transgender students to received MAP grants and institutional aid at public institutions. The Illinois Student Assistance Commission estimates that approximately 3,500 additional students will qualify for a MAP grant as a result of this new law.

While citizenship status and registration in selective service are required for federal financial aid, any Illinois resident is now qualified for state financial aid. The bill also allows students who used MAP grants to help pay for at least 75 credit hours to continue receiving scholarships rather than cut them off until they attain junior status. HB 2691 takes effect immediately.

* He also signed HB1637, the Keep Illinois Families Together Act…

HB 1637 prohibits local law enforcement agencies from engaging in federal immigration enforcement with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

While local law enforcement agencies in 21 states, including Wisconsin, participate in the 287(g) Program — an ICE program that allows local law enforcement officials to identify and remove undocumented residents from the U.S. — Illinois now statutorily prohibits participation.

This bill ensures witnesses of all backgrounds can come forward and report crime to their local police. HB 1637 takes effect immediately.

The bill also provides that “nothing shall preclude a law enforcement official from otherwise executing that official’s duties in ensuring public safety.”

The 287(g) Program allows Homeland Security to “deputize selected state and local law enforcement officers to enforce federal immigration law.” None of those deputizing programs currently exist in Illinois.

* These early provisions were eliminated from the bill via an amendment

It would also prohibit law enforcement officials from asking anyone who has been arrested or detained about their citizenship or immigration status, or their place of birth. That prohibition also would apply to people who submit to questioning, crime victims, witnesses and any person who contacts law enforcement seeking assistance.

Additionally, it would call on the state attorney general to propose rules limiting how much assistance certain public agencies could provide to immigration officials. Those rules would apply specifically to public schools and higher education institutions, state-funded health care facilities, public libraries, facilities operated by the secretary of state and courthouses.


  1. - Grandson of Man - Friday, Jun 21, 19 @ 1:46 pm:

    Trump is threatening to deport millions of undocumented immigrants and demonizes them to get support from his base. Good on Pritzker and Democrats for helping make Illinois such a contrast to red states.

  2. - I Miss Bentohs - Friday, Jun 21, 19 @ 1:56 pm:

    I know California helps poor immigrants (legal or not) with college expenses and it seems we will too. Are there many other states doing this?

  3. - theweekendisuponus - Friday, Jun 21, 19 @ 1:58 pm:

    @sanctuary status

    i hope that was at least cathartic for you because it certainly wasn’t productive. Have a nice weekend, and don’t forget to say a little prayer for those less fortunate born children too.

  4. - TheInvisibleMan - Friday, Jun 21, 19 @ 2:08 pm:

    @I Miss Bentohs

    Every single state with a college ‘helps out’ poor non-citizens.

    Perhaps you should set foot on a college campus sometime.

    For many reasons.

  5. - Beth - Friday, Jun 21, 19 @ 2:12 pm:

    And yet my natural born children will not qualify for MAP

  6. - 47th Ward - Friday, Jun 21, 19 @ 2:19 pm:

    ===And yet my natural born children will not qualify for MAP===

    Try being poor. Then they can qualify.

    You’re welcome.

  7. - HorseShoe - Friday, Jun 21, 19 @ 2:48 pm:


    I’m natural born and I got them, well I was till the budget impasse. Thanks Rauner!

  8. - Donnie Elgin - Friday, Jun 21, 19 @ 2:50 pm:

    Much ado about nothing - only 80 agencies nationwide are part of the 287(g) program - almost all in southern border states. Rauner signed the TRUST Act (SB-31) prohibiting local law enforcement agencies from turning over folks to ICE on only a detainer, a much more impactful law in terms of numbers.

  9. - Elizabeth Neill - Friday, Jun 21, 19 @ 3:03 pm:

    The budget impasse hurt a lot of colleges and universities financially, leading to budget cuts and loss of students. I hope this expansion of the MAP program will help colleges and universities as well as students.

  10. - Shrimp gumbo - Friday, Jun 21, 19 @ 3:43 pm:

    map grants for folks here illegally… who knew we had such a massive budget surplus?

  11. - Downstate - Friday, Jun 21, 19 @ 3:50 pm:

    Some of this won’t even matter. According to Maryland v. Louisiana, 451 U. S. 725, 746 (1981) a state law that conflicts with Federal is essentially without effect. If any of that conflicts with Federal law ICE can still do what they want.

  12. - Rich Miller - Friday, Jun 21, 19 @ 4:01 pm:

    ===If any of that conflicts with Federal law===

    What could possibly conflict with federal law?

  13. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Jun 21, 19 @ 4:21 pm:

    The lines are being drawn.

    Immigration, or preventing as much immigration as possible is the goal of the old, angry, white, rural GOP… do Dems will seize on the opportunity to show this glaring difference.

    The racial divides are now becoming a greater political divide… or racism need not worry about hiding?

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